Home remedies for Varicose Veins

If you are suffering from Varicose veins, you are not alone. Around 10% of the world’s population have varicose veins. Varicose veins are caused by the veins bulging where they become visible through the skin. Not only do people with varicose veins feel embarrassed to wear any clothing that reveals their veins but they most often suffer pain and discomfort from it.

Not to worry there are home remedies that can help to improve their appearance and improve your overall vein health. While there is no permanent cure for the varicose vein, most cases are mild and only cause more cosmetic discomfort than anything else.

Natural treatment for Varicose Veins

Exercise
Exercising can help with pain and discomfort. If you can try and exercise a couple of times a week. Walking, swimming, yoga and riding a bike can all help to improve circulation in the legs. Ensure you stretch properly before and after exercising.
Take regular breaks
Take breaks from sitting or standing quite frequently every couple of hours if you can. If you sit for hours get up, walk around for 15 minutes. If you are frequently standing then be sure to sit and elevate your feet for a good 15 to 20 minutes.
Alternate with warm and cool
Soaking your legs in a cool bath then alternating with warm water. The cool water will reduce your inflammation as the warm showers are able to increase the areas blood flow.
Castor oil
Rub some castor oil into the skin around the varicose veins. Once you have applied the oil, you need to elevate your legs above your heart which will reduce the inflammation and help to sooth the area. Be sure not to rub the area too much as it can cause skin ulcers over the top of the veins.
Support stockings
You can buy local support stockings from your local chemist or doctors office. The support stockings will direct pooled blood up to heart instead of letting it settle in the lower legs.
Leech therapy
Leech therapy can be used as a therapy for varicose vein sufferers. Leech’s provide a safe treatment to help manage the varicose veins. When the leeches are applied to the area around the veins, they help to reduce oedema, limb girth and hyperpigmentation.
It works to restore the blood flow in the veins on your legs to create blood flow towards the chest from the legs. This therapy helps to heal ulcers on the skin and reduces the venous congestion caused by the varicose vein condition. Such complications can occur from varicose veins such as venous pigmentation, superficial thrombophlebitis, venous ulceration, and lipodermatosclerosis.
While there are mixed results from leech therapy being used in varicose vein treatment there has been some cases of reduced pain and less appearance of the veins under the skin. Leech therapy is like the rest of the home remedies listed it may work for some, others it may not if just depends on each individuals case.

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